The Mahabodhi Stupa

Khensur Lama Lhundrup passed away in September 2011 at Kopan Monastery, and was cremated here on advice of Lama Thubten Zopa  Rinpoche. Special signs were observed during the cremation. On dismantling the cremation stupa one week later many precious relics were found, an indication of His spiritual attainments. The relics were carried in a solemn procession to the main gompa, and in a short ceremony prayers were made for the incarnation to return swiftly.

Lama Zopa was present throughout this critical time. He advised the Kopan communitywhat needed to be done for the quick return of the incarnation.

  • A stupa should be built quickly at Kopan, near the cremation place. This stupa has been completed.

A statue in the likeness of Khensur Lama Lhundrup should be commissioned, and this has also been completed. Thirdly to build a large Mahabodhi stupa, resembling the Bodhgaya stupa.

This stupa is being built now in the grounds of Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery. It will house 9000 individual small Buddha statues set in exquisitely carved niches, one set of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, and a 5 feet statue of each Heruka, Maitreya, and Amitabha Buddha.The project will feature the stupa, complete with a small gompa in its base, in the middle of a kora (circumambulation) circle. It will be an object of devotion for many generations to come, contributing to the survival of the Buddhas teachings in Nepal and in this world.

On the outside the stupa will feature beautifully carved niches with the small Buddha statues in it, small types of chapels for the larger statues, and detailed decorations created by skilled artisans from Nepal.

The Stupa is close to the nunnery, but has its own compound.

It will have a gompa on the ground floor, and a large prayerwheel next to it.

People can access the stupa and the prayerwheel directly from the main road.